What is Taiwan Red Jade (Black Tea) #18?
The most popular type of black tea from Taiwan is Red Jade #18.
Red Jade brews a rich, full-bodied tea with subtle hints of clove, cinnamon and mint in its complex composition. The character of Red Jade is unique among black teas, while still possessing a classic black tea quality.
Red Jade (紅玉) is the name given to Tai Cha #18 (台茶18號) a hybrid developed in 1999 by Taiwan's Tea Research and Extension Station (TRES). It is a cross between the wild tea tree in Taiwan and the Assam tea plant from India. The first documentation of this hybrid was in the 1980s.
Red Jade is mostly grown in the Sun Moon Lake region of Taiwan.